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Not sure anyone really does these anymore but I find reports helpful for when I'm traveling and figured I'd write up my five nights in LA. My friend got me at the airport and we went straight to Coni'Seafood in Inglewood for lunch. They immediately give chips and salsa and we split a plate of spicy octopus/shrimp ceviche which was good, very acidic and def. had good spice. Service was fine, $16. More importantly, my donut quest began with V's across the street in a strip mall. Best donut of the trip, my fave old fashioned with maple frosting. Good stuff. That evening we had happy hour at Nick & Stef's Steakhouse downtown where we had a well made grapefruit margarita and old fashioned for $7 and split good prime rib and crabcake sliders w/ fries. Stopped by La Cita and Five Stars and called it a (long) day.
Sat. I walked 3+ miles to Danny Trejo's coffee and donuts, revisiting Pink's on the way for old time's sake. The donut was not worth the walk. Checked out the Hollywood Museum, good iced coffee at Black Canvas on Highland, then got a cheeseburger at In n Out since it had been a long time. Later that evening we had to be in the Arts District so I found Zinc Cafe which seemed like a good place to meet our friends. Two of us split something called a fall salad but it was mostly grapefruit. However, the mushroom pizza was excellent as was the Bee's Knees I had. Service was a little spacey but the place served the purpose. Saw a show at the Resident who have a cool concept then got a nightcap at Duello across the street. They take their cocktails seriously (check out the smoking in the glass), nice folks working there. We ended with a taco at the truck on the corner of W. Olympic & LaBrea. We sure don't have $1.40 tacos in Boston.
Sun. I didn't realize that Bulgogi Hut only offered all you can eat Korean bbq and no other options. Didn't feel like spending that much time there but we committed to it. I'm not the biggest fan, too much work for me and I get bored with it but it was okay for level 2 at $24.99. The short rib was def. the best. We wandered around Los Feliz Blvd and had a happy hour drink at the Morrison. There were some very cool old school bars in that area. Then we checked out Atwater Village before going to the Thirsty Crow in Silverlake where a friend was working. Tried a pineapple HH drink and enjoyed talking to the bartenders there. We got a fish taco at Senor Fish on Sunset then after not finding any little donut shops open, ended SK Donuts on W. Third which wasn't as good as last trip.
Mon. and Tues. was a great side trip to Palm Springs (and the kitschy Donut Hole halfway in between). Wed. I met a friend for dinner at Musso & Frank which was disappointing. I did love the gin drink they made (plus the little extra carafe you get), the bread/butter was great, and my water was kept full but the Wed. sauerbraten special wasn't great and the potato pancakes it came with were weak. Friend said her filet was good. The side of Brussels Sprouts that we split wasn't as good as all the other sides I've had lately. The gelato shop down the street had already closed so we got berry bread pudding and chocolate mousse at Rascal's on LaBrea, good but not great.
Last day in LA started with a trip downtown and another donut at Downtown Donuts in a little arcade across from Donut Friend (prefer the old fashioned style vs. new wacky flavors). Orange frosted cake donut was quite good. After a stop at the Broad, I got a good puposa at Sorita's in the Grand Central Mkt. Well priced at $4 but be prepared to wait for a long time. Got a good iced coffee at Installation, nice guy working there. Lots more walking around town then happy hour at Gulp on Pico where the strawberry basil drink was great. A friend and I then went to Apple Pan down the street which had been on my list for years. Seems a little overpriced for what you get but it was a decent burger. The banana cream pie was fine but I've had better.
Last stop was Randy's on the way to the airport where the line was pretty long. My maple donut wasn't great and while the buttermilk was a little better, I ended up making one donut out of the two and throwing the rest out. Nothing held a candle to little V's in scenic Inglewood. Oh well.
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